Skyteam members Aeromexico & KLM and several Star Alliance members like SWISS and Air Canada compete for business class customers between Amsterdam and Mexico. Between May 2020 and February 17, 2021, you can cross the Atlantic Ocean almost daily in KLM’s 787 business class for around €1,400. A premium connection flight within Mexico increases the price just a little or makes it even cheaper.
On most dates, Star Alliance carriers match KLM’s price. With the beginning of May, Oneworld has joined the price war on routes to Mexico and Cancun.
- Cancun at €1,320
- Guadalajara at €1,399
- Monterrey at €1,403
- Mexico City (nonstop) at €1,415
- Merida at €1,430
- Los Cabos at €1,433
Flights from Europe to Mexico City are direct flights and with a duration of around 12 hours while eastbound flights can take up to 90 minutes less. KLM plans to use a Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its daily flight to and from Amsterdam.
We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.
Search & Book
As of now, these fares show good availability. SkyTeam’s deal expires on May 31, 2020. Minimum stay is the first Sunday after departure from your origin. A maximum stay of three months applies, too.
The best way to find flight dates is Google Flights. Some of these tickets come with an extra risk, as our flight search shows the cheapest fare is only offered by online travel agencies. While booking through KLM’s website can see prices increase by €80, we usually recommend going this way, if possible.
In light of the immigration regulations in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it might be worth considering KLM’s offer. This way, you can fly directly to Mexico and continue on a domestic flights, avoiding customs in transit countries like Canada or the USA.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
For mileage information with Oneworld or Star Alliance carriers, check wheretocredit.com.
Information & Tips for Mexico
Mayan pyramids, dreamy beaches and tacos – Mexico is an incredibly diverse country. If you want to experience the Spanish speaking country to its fullest, you should definitely stay somewhere other than the tourist hotspots and seaside resorts.
Best Time to Travel
The perfect travel time is from December to April, during this time it hardly rains and the temperatures are pleasant. Unsurprisingly, during the rainy season from May to October there is more rainfall. Beware of some extreme weather phenomenons that might be unknown to Europeans: Hurricane season lasts from June to November! Those who want to travel to typical holiday areas like Cancun and do not want to spend lots of money should travel in the off season. Areas with less touristic relevance such as Mexico City, on the other hand, are relatively constant throughout the year from a price perspective.
Currency, Credit Cards & Tipping
The official currency of the country is the Mexican Peso. 1 EUR equals about 22 MXN (as of March 2019). The acceptance of credit cards is comparable to or even slightly better than Germany. In almost all shops, even small kiosks, it is possible and quite normal to pay by card. The same applies to restaurants. For street vendors, street snack bars and the like, it is advisable to have a few pesos in cash with you. It is unusual to tip taxis or cab drivers. At a restaurant, 10-15 percent are normal, as long as the tip is not already listed on the bill as a line item. When paying by card, you can usually choose how much you want to tip at the card terminal before entering the pin. Housekeeping at a hotel should usually be tipped 20-40 Pesos per day, small favors have a going tip rate of 5 Pesos.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. All you need to do is fill out the tourist card that is handed out onboard the plane. For touristic and business purposes, a visa-free stay of 180 days is possible.
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